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FPL: Players To Monitor

Now that the transfer window has closed and 3 game weeks have passed, it’s worth noting a few players to monitor for the upcoming set of fixtures. I have divided them into three categories – The Good, The Bad & The Unknown.

The Good

So far, these players have either been overlooked or have had an unfortunate run of fixtures. But the near future looks promising for them so they are worth considering for your squads.

the good players to monitor

GK – Jose Sa – 5.0m – Wolves

No clean sheets in the first 3 fixtures, sat in the relegation zone with 0 points, this isn’t the type of player you’d think of monitoring. But Wolves’ performances have told a different story compared to their results. Their defence looks solid, and Sa looks like a very capable shot blocker with 11 saves so far. This leads me to believe that he could be last season’s Martinez, maybe the lite version. So now that their fixtures have turned for the better, I expect Wolves to start keeping clean sheets and Sa to carry on making a lot of saves. If I was wildcarding, he’d be straight in. Instead, I want to monitor his performances over the next few weeks to see if he’s worth the reshuffle.

FWD – Harry Kane – 12.3m – Tottenham

With all the hype around Lukaku (11.5m) and Ronaldo (12.5m) in the premium forward positions, last season’s top FPL scorer is being massively overlooked. He has a few tough fixtures coming up after the Crystal Palace game. But if he can regain last season’s standards, he will cause a real headache for a lot of fantasy managers. So far Tottenham has won three games 1-0. As of right now, I wouldn’t feel confident choosing him as you want your premium forwards teams to be banging in the goals. If this starts to change, he could be a shrewd differential.

MID – Adama Traore – 6.0m – Wolves

You’d think losing three games out of three, without scoring a goal, would make Wolves assets ones to avoid. But they have had 3 really tough fixtures, whilst still creating a tonne of chances! Traore currently ranks 5th in the ICT index on the FPL website, which is incredible for a 6.0m midfielder. I think if he had managed even just one attacking return so far, his price would have skyrocketed. The main question is, can the end product improve? If it does, with Wolves fixtures looking ridiculously appealing between now and GW14, and his price being so low, he will become an absolute must-have. But there is the worry that Wolverhampton aren’t good at finishing their chances, and no underlying stat will change that. So the eye test is pivotal over the next few weeks.

The Bad

Players who have started the season strong but need to be monitored as they risk dropping off. If you own them, it could be about finding the right time to jump off them.

the bad players to monitor
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MID – Said Benrahma – 6.4m – West Ham

In FPL, it’s all about timing. Yes, he has had an explosive start and risen 0.4m in price. But with the Europa League fixtures coming in thick and fast, plus the signing of yet another attacking midfielder, he’s a player you should be monitoring closely. If he struggles with the fixture congestion, it might be worth jumping off him before a huge price drop. Personally, I’m hoping that the arrival of Nikola Vlasic (6.0m) means Benhrama is rested in Europe.

MID – Bruno Fernandes – 12.0m – Manchester United

This could be one of the biggest falls from grace in FPL history. Before Ronaldo arrived, Fernandes was 58% owned and was an absolute must-have. But the reality is, his output could become more like an 8-9.5m priced midfielder now that Ronaldo has arrived. So over the next few weeks, I’ll be monitoring whether he is still on penalties, the positions he takes up in attack, and how many shots he takes per game.

FWD – Danny Ings – 8.0m – Aston Villa

He had three great fixtures to start the season and returned on all three occasions. Perfect. With some pretty tough fixtures coming up, many managers had penciled him in to be transferred out after GW3. But it might be worth monitoring his performances over the next two games (Chelsea away and Everton home). As if he gets any attacking returns, he could be a set & forget FPL asset. If not, there seems to be plenty of options in the mid-priced forwards’ price bracket this season. We all know how clinical Ings is, it’s just whether or not he consistently gets the service.

The Unknown

New players to the league & potential positional changes make it difficult to gauge their FPL potential. So it’s important to monitor them before jumping on board.

the Unknowns
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DEF – Marc Cucurella – 5.0m – Brighton

He played mostly as a left-midfielder for Getafe last season. So the fact that he’s been listed as a defender in FPL means he’s someone worth monitoring closely. His 37 key passes and 26 shots last season could be a clue of what’s to come. So I want to see what position and role he plays in the Brighton setup. If he continues as a left-midfielder in the Premier League and manages a similar output, we could be looking at the Stuart Dallas of last year. But if he’s at left-back, he’d have to have a strong case for attacking returns with the amount of 4.5m Brighton assets available.

FWD – Emmanual Dennis – 5.2m – Watford

Scoring and assisting in his first game in the Premier League caused a lot of FPL managers to take note. His stock rose 0.2m and he blanked the next two weeks. He now has a good fixture schedule, but there’s still uncertainty about whether or not that first week’s performance vs Aston Villa was an outlier for Watford’s attack. At 5.2m, if he continues to start and shows some sort of consistency, he could become a must-have enabler.

FWD – Odsonne Edouard – 6.5m – Crystal Palace

Keeping with cheap forwards, Crystal Palace’s new striker has been a great attacking asset throughout his career. According to Transfermarkt, Edouard scored 59 goals and assisted 26 times in 104 appearances for Celtic. That looks great on paper. But the issue is, compared to the Premier League, Scottish football is a much lower standard. So over the next few weeks, I’ll be monitoring how he adapts to the higher level, and whether or not he’s taking penalties. Because with so many premium options, there is a real need for a cheap-priced forward this season.

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